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Business Bulletin No. 47/2003

Tuesday 11 March 2003

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of outstanding motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Outstanding Motions. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following Monday.


Items marked with an asterisk (*) are new or have been altered. Asterisks in the text show the extent of alterations made.

Motions which members wish to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#)

*S1M-4005 Michael Russell: William Symington and the Charlotte Dundas—That the Parliament recognises that 28 March 2003 marks the bicentenary of the birth of steam transport; further recognises that this is the anniversary of an event that took place in Scotland; notes that, on 28 March 1803, the voyage of William Symington’s steam tug Charlotte Dundas, towing the sloops Active and Euphemia on the Forth and Clyde Canal from Castlecary to Port Dundas in Glasgow, was an event of immense significance for the world; is aware that the anniversary of the birth of steam transport in the United States of America, which took place more than four years later, is already being prepared for and will be celebrated in major style; considers that the completion of the three-quarters model of the Charlotte Dundas, parts of which are in Falkirk museum, would be a useful and positive start to commemorating both William Symington and the bicentenary, greatly complement the modern engineering achievement that is the Millennium Wheel at Falkirk and enhance and promote Scotland as a place of engineering excellence and the cradle of the industrial revolution, and, therefore, given the Scottish Executive's support for publicly commemorating other historic anniversaries, calls on the First Minister to respond speedily and positively to the letter on this matter that was sent to him by, amongst others, Professor Christopher Smout, Professor Tom Devine, Professor W Hamish Fraser, Professor Ted Cowan, Professor Christopher Harvie, Professor Anthony Slaven, Professor Roland Paxton, Lord Morgan of Aberdyfi, John R Hume (former Inspector of Monuments, Scottish Heritage), William S Harvey (engineer and biographer of William Symington), Guthrie Hutton (historian of Scotland’s millennium canals), George Rosie (historian and novelist), Michael S Moss (archivist, University of Glasgow), Richard Finlay (senior lecturer in Scottish history, Strathclyde University), Dugald MacMillan (former Principal, Glasgow School of Art), Fiona Watson (senior lecturer in history, University of Stirling) and Campbell Christie (former General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress).

*S1M-4004 Colin Boyd QC: Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mrs Elish Angiolini*

S1M-3999# Promotion for First Division Champions (lodged on 6 March 2003) Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3994 Public Library Services (lodged on 5 March 2003) Irene Oldfather*

S1M-3990 Nursery Nurses (lodged on 5 March 2003) Shona Robison*

*S1M-3989.1 Michael Russell: UNESCO World Book Day 6 March 2003—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3989) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from "the greatest" to end and insert "whose literary contribution to world culture was immense; further notes the immense contribution of other great writers from these islands who are almost too numerous to mention but who, in terms of international significance, must include Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, W B Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and a vast number of others living and dead; celebrates all those who wrote, and continue to write, in the different languages of these islands and in many different genres; particularly remembers Sorley MacLean, one of the great European poets of the 20th century, who wrote in Gaelic, and Hugh MacDairmid, who wrote in Scots as well as in English; welcomes the contribution that World Book Day makes to an understanding of the importance of literature to our cultures and the way in which it can foster an appreciation of other perspectives on our world and thereby develop an international outlook in children as well as in adults; congratulates those modern Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish writers who were mentioned in the various shortlists compiled for World Book Day and, in particular, Matthew Fitt, whose ground-breaking novel in Scots featured on the BBC Radio 4 shortlist and Des Dillon, whose novel Me and Ma Gal was voted the book that said most about Scotland in the actual World Book Day poll, and encourages all those involved in politics, education and culture in Scotland to maintain and develop a generous and wide-ranging view of literature and resist any narrow, ill-informed and ideological perspectives which can only distort true critical appreciation of creativity."

S1M-3987# International Women's Day (lodged on 4 March 2003) Susan Deacon*

S1M-3969# 20th Anniversary of the Recognition of HIV/AIDS (lodged on 27 February 2003) Michael Russell*, Shona Robison*

S1M-3968# Broughty Ferry Beach (lodged on 27 February 2003) Irene McGugan*

S1M-3961# Reform of Charity Law (lodged on 26 February 2003) Irene McGugan*

S1M-3945 Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill - Consultation (lodged on 25 February 2003) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-3941# Children of Iraq - Collateral Damage (lodged on 24 February 2003) Shona Robison*

S1M-3936 Fair Trade Fortnight (lodged on 21 February 2003) Shona Robison*